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July 22, 2013 - 7:36 am

On Friday, President Obama launched a distraction move against Stand Your Ground laws. He made the move during his remarks on the Zimmerman verdict, despite the fact that Stand Your Ground laws played no role in that case.

Well, back in 2004 Obama was a state senator in Illinois. John Fund writes that at that time Obama sponsored SB 2386, “which broadened the state’s Stand Your Ground law by shielding the person who was attacked from being sued in civil court by perpetrators or their estates when a ’stand your ground’ defense is used in protecting his or her person, dwelling or other property.’

“S.B. 2386 passed the Illinois state senate by a 56–0 vote on March 25, 2004. It sailed through the state house with only two ‘nay’ votes. Both chambers were controlled by Democrats.”

States passed Stand Your Ground statutes to deal with a pernicious phenomenon that started cropping up in the 1980s and 1990s. Home and business owners had become increasingly empowered to use force and firearms in defense of their property against criminals. Criminals wounded in these incidents began to find lawyers who would help them take these victims to court and sue them for the injuries caused in the incidents. Stand Your Ground laws arose to buttress the right of self-defense for the law-abiding. Stand Your Ground fought criminals and criminals’ devious lawyers. At the same time, home and business owners who actually used force against criminal invaders often found themselves in court on charges of assault with a deadly weapon or worse. Stand Your Ground evolved to protect these law-abiding citizens against criminals, lawfare and judges who agitated from the bench against the Second Amendment. These laws generally passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. Very few wanted to be seen as siding with criminal lawfare. It was a sound political move for a liberal like the young Obama to be seen supporting Stand Your Ground.

As Stand Your Ground laws have spread and self-defense has been reinforced through concealed carry, castle doctrine laws and so forth, violent crime has gone down. Criminals currently know that they face a more armed citizenry who have the laws on their side. With blacks benefiting from Stand Your Ground laws disproportionately, at least in Florida, Obama is basically calling to empower criminals against their black victims again. It’s obvious that Obama is calling for reviews of the laws he once supported purely for politics. Every tragedy now must have a political dimension, even when politics logically plays no role. There is no evidence that Stand Your Ground laws have caused any problems, anywhere. But Democrats including Obama will put Stand Your Ground on trial to distract from the left’s failure in Detroit and from his own failures on the US economy and his IRS scandal as it creeps closer to his doorstep. If he has to risk some law-abiding Americans’ safety, well, that’s a price he’s obviously willing to pay. He’s willing to turn the clock backward on the right of self-defense.

Obama’s younger self might appreciate the breathtaking cynicism that his older self is currently displaying.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Someone once described Bill Clinton as not immoral, but amoral - no standards or principles whatsoever - so that any behavior (adultery, perjury, suborning perjury) is just peachy. Obama alternates between immoral & amoral, but immoral gets more time.
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The National SockPuppet we know as 0Bama 'evolves' at his Masters beck and call.
When we find out who put the Turtle on the Post and we'll all understand better.
Think back: "Teleprompter of the United States"... ring any bells Quasimodo?
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Can't say Obama doesn't know which way the wind is blowing!
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Someone once described Bill Clinton as not immoral, but amoral - no standards or principles whatsoever - so that any behavior (adultery, perjury, suborning perjury) is just peachy. Obama alternates between immoral & amoral, but immoral gets more time.
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Nine whole years ago?, Why, that's almost as old as that Constitution thingy!
Certainly we can't hold Barack to such a standard as nine years; that's nine centuries in political years.
Everything the man has ever said or done in his lifetime has an expiration date.
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Yeah. You know how libs like to say that the Constitution is a "living" document? It's kind of like that.
Obama has what I'll call "living" principles because, you know, principles need to change over time because when he first gave those principles ideation, he couldn't possible anticipate the necessity of backtracking on those principles out of political necessity!

Seee also Obama's "evolving positions".
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Is it basically illegal for the DOJ to pursue Zimmerman in court? How long do they have to deny Zimmerman his second amendment right?
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Dollars to donuts he supported it then as a means by which ghetto gangsters could claim defense/justification for shooting the police.
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